WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Day After, The

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steven Guttenberg,John Cullum,John Lithgow, Bibi Besch, Lori Lethin, Amy Madigan & Jeff East

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): SMA
(Catalog Number): ID3156CC
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1983
(LD Release Date): 10/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Nicholas Meyer
(Screenplay/Written By): Edward Hume
(Story): NA
(Music): David Raskin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Peter M. Wooley
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(Editor): Robert Florio & William Paul Dornisch
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert A. Papazian

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Day After was originally produced as a telefilm which aired on ABC on November 20, 1983, making television history by becoming one of the most widely-watched and hotly debated features ever. This powerful drama portrays the devastating aftermath of a nuclear confrontation in a grimly realistic fashion. The film follows the ordinary activities of a number of residents of Law-rence, Kansas, whose lives are shattered when the escalating animosity between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. culminates in a nuclear attack.

LaserDisc Picture:
Credited as framed in the European theatrical 1.75:1 aspect ratio the actual frame is matted at 1.85:1. Artifacts are prominent throughout along with noise and grain. Fleshtones are inconsistent and the picture quality overall is mediocre.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished mono.
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